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Grateful Dead Live at Ballroom on 1969-04-13

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Grateful Dead Live at Ballroom on 1969-04-13

Publication date 1969-04-13 (check for other copies)
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Set 1:
d1t01 - Turn On Your Love Light
d1t02 - Doin' That Rag
d1t03 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
d1t04 - Morning Dew
d2t01 - Dark Star ->
d2t02 - St. Stephen ->
d2t03 - The Eleven ->
d2t04 - Death Don't Have No Mercy

Set 2:
d2t05 - Alligator ->
d2t06 - Drums ->
d2t07 - Jam


Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2016
Subject: Walkin that Dog tease
At 15 mark of LoveLight Jerry throws in a very distinct Walkin That Dog lick or 2 or 3 plays it a few more times then they continue on with LoveLight.
This show is Crazy good , Google the name of Ballroom place is tiny.
oh ya am 54
Reviewer: rhinowing - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2016
Subject: nice
garcia is absolutely on fire, wonderful dark star. sadly the alligator cuts off as they are really heating up.
Reviewer: inmyriver - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2015
Subject: Glen Miller Ballroom
I walk past the entrance to the Glen Miller Ballroom almost every single day and it still blows my mind that the Grateful Dead played that room.
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2014
Subject: Nice one
The Dark Star, while it doesnt necessarily stand head and shoulders above all the other great Stars from from this incredible period, is very much worth listening to carefully at loud volume. Jerry's got that super thick tone, and the band hits all the right buttons. The Stephen is good, the Eleven is better than good, and the Death Don't is even better.

It's unfortunate that the tape runs out during the Alligator jam because they are playing well...
Reviewer: jerrygarciafan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2014
Subject: The jams make it happen
Wow, VERY jam-heavy performance. Like another user posted, Jerry displays some Allman Brothers influence here. Lovelight, School girl, and Dark Star stand out the most for me in terms of extensive jams. Overall a strong performance. A few hit or miss moments, but certainly a noteworthy '69 show. God bless this era of the Dead.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2013
Subject: a must
This St. Stephen>The Eleven takes the cake for me. Quite enjoyable on a good system full blast. Jerry will blow you away and the accompaniment is solid.
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2013
Subject: 1969. Weir was young and Jerry and Pig rocked!!!
Jerry sounds a little like Duane Allman in the first 5min of Lovelight.
Nice guitar and singing on 'Rag'.
Pigpen plays a mean harp on 'Schoolgirl'!
'Morning Dew' is raw and excellent!!
'Dark Star' is slow and meandering... like Jerry is searching for something.. sounds like they might be dosed and no one can find it. After 20min they come back to this dimension and play the end of the song.
They struggle to find 'St Stephen'... Jerry finds it! 6min in Jerry sings a sweet verse and then lays into his guitar and doesn't let up though a killer 'Eleven'!!!
A Deep 'Death'.
Alligator is good. The jam after Drums leads into a 'We bid you good night' jam and then the sound fades out..
Overall a great show in a great place
Reviewer: beedub - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2013
Subject: age PLEASE
EVERY time I read these reviews I have the same thoughts; 1) How old are you? Or, better yet, 2) When did you see your first show? Don't get me wrong, if you weren't around when the Dead were making their reputation, well, that's not your fault. It sure would help make sense of some of these statements, though, that's for sure. For example, Clementine's caboose states this is one of the best DS's from '69. Wow, you were at most or all of the '69 DS performances? Or, are you basing your opinion off of tapes? Now, If you were at the shows you have my utmost respect and your opinion means something. If you're using tapes to make your opinion (news flash--tapes won't tell you how good or bad a show was) and didn't see a show pre-'78, well, then I think differently. Anyway, just one guys (1st show, May '70, 180 total over 25 years) opinion.
Reviewer: Fixur - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2013
Subject: I attended this show
This was my third Dead show after the two Denver Dog shows in 1967. Several hundred people showed up. Two big PA speakers sat on the dance floor. The sound was awesome in that great little ballroom. Liquid light show and strobes. The band started hitting it with Morning Dew. If it weren't for a cut at the worst possible moment in Dark Star this version would be my favorite on the archive. The dynamics were incredible. At one point during Dark Star when it was getting a little spacey Mickey bounced out to the front of the stage and started clapping his hands. The crowd picked it up, and the Dead swung into the new beat with us. Cool! At one point the Dead pulled off such a dynamic change that everyone around me stopped dancing and looked at the stage. You can hear both happenings on the recording. Phil was in another (musical) world, his mouth sometimes hanging slackly open as he focused on his playing. Tired from dancing, I sat on the stage next to Pigpen's organ during Alligator. After the show as the band was leaving they called out "Hey Pigpen, let's go!". Pig was talking to a bunch of kids at the front of the stage. "Nah, man. I gotta talk wit my fans!" No shit.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2012
Subject: OK,
I got a peeve. This was a great band, and I'm sure all was good at the end of most days, but I've been a blues singer & harmonica player in a band and I hate it--HATE it--when the rest of the boys step on Pigpen's lead. When Pig says, "Now WAIT a minute," that's supposed to be a cue. It means SHUT THE HELL UP, GARCIA! It breaks my heart to hear a good man kept down like that. All you guitarists out there, don't do what Garcia does in this Lovelight, or I will throw something at you! I don't care how good you can sound if you're drowning out a soulman.

That being said, I can't fault the quality of the jamming. It's a pretty chaotic show, but parts of it are just spectacular.
Reviewer: Hung, Wae-lo - - April 12, 2012
Subject: Where's Bobby?
I can hear his guitar, but no Bobby tunes? If Jerry or Pigpen had opted out for a night or extended playlist, it would warrant discussion, but not so for our man Weir?
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2011
Subject: Great Show
Can't say it's my favourite performance from '69 but a great listen. The 11 is above average with some great jamming and the DS is a beauty as well.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2011
Subject: Dark Star Lovers' Delight
Thought it isn’t as strong as the April Avalon or Ark run, and there are some bad cuts (especially during an otherwise killer Alligator jam) I think that this show is one of April's best hidden gems. The sound quality is great for '69, especially the Miller transfer.

Highlights are plentiful: the Lovelight opener is strong, as well as a nice Schoolgirl with Pig and Garcia trading some hot licks. A fantastically jammed out Morning Dew follows, with Garcia starting from a beautiful whisper and rising to a blinding crescendo. Also a great, jazzy version of the Eleven, and the aforementioned Alligator, with a very nice 'Bid You Goodnight' jam.

But the must-hear highlight is an epic version of Dark Star, one of the very best performances of the song in 1969. I’ve gone back and forth on this a lot, but I think this could be my favorite version of the year, too.

The pre-verses jamming is extraordinary; Garcia’s use of dynamics is simply masterful, escalating and relaxing at the perfect moments. After a brief space, the band launch into a fast paced, psychedelic jazz jam, Garcia, Lesh and the drummers intertwining very nicely. Things become a bit poignant, just before Garcia rides the Dark Star theme powerfully to an intense conclusion.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2010
Subject: Good
Reviewer: Great Expectations - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2010
Subject: The Eleven...11
For fans of the Eleven, this show is a rare treat as it has one of the finest DS>SS>11 sequences I have heard in a long time. The Death Don't is also beautiful and poetic. If you are a fan of the deep, dark, psychedelic, acid Dead of '69 then don't miss this one. Great Miller board and five stars for the boys!
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 13, 1969 at the Ballroom, Boulder, CO. U.S.A.


40 years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD performed Live in Boulder, at the Ballroom, where were you?

I couldn't be there in 69, but I showed up today, where were you?

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

It's a Charlie Miller transfer. I highly recommend clicking on Charlie Miller's name and collecting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love from 1969.
Reviewer: buscameby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2008
Subject: A hidden Colorado Gem
I had never heard of this show till I was doing a search for Dark Stars on Set List.

Playin in the Glenn Miller Ballrooom in the UMC on the Boulder campus, this is a real classic, great sound great great jams and over twenty minute DS & Lovelight.

Don't miss this hidden classic.
Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2008
Subject: 4-13-69 Boulder
Performance: excellent, classic '69 show, raw energy, power jamming, huge harmonica part in the Schoolgirl. It's remarkable for this 80's deadhead to hear the harp competing with Jerry's guitar for solos and playing time. I'll give 4.5 stars. Great song selection; Rockin' Dew, and an amazing, amazing DarkStar, with a 20 minute Jerry solo intro! Rippin' versions of St. Stephen and Alligator. Recommended.

Sound quality is not perfect, there is a slight hiss, and a few defects, but nothing major, very listenable, 4 stars.
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